In a letter to his dear friend Paulinus, Seneca, one of the Stoics, wrote, in The Shortness of Life, that most human beings complain that nature is “mean” because life is short. Time “rushes by so swiftly and rapidly” that it seems to end just when we are ready to begin it.
Still today we feel that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all the things we wish to accomplish. But according to Seneca, we have all the life we need, and a “sufficiently generous” amount is afforded us providing we prioritise well. It is all too easy to waste time on fruitless pursuits, he says, and we are forced to realise that life has passed away before we realised it was “passing away”. If any of this resonates with you, as it does me, here are some wonderfully inspiring quotes regarding time management to get you back on track.
1. Dr. Seuss
“How did it get so late so soon?”
We all allocated the same number of hours in a day. But the hours will pass away if we do not use them wisely, so never fail to ask yourself if you are making the most of your time.
2. Mother Teresa
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Procrastination is the enemy of progress. You no longer have yesterday. And you have no guarantee of tomorrow. So do what you need to do with the time you have now.
3. Warren Buffet
“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.”
What is your priority? To get to your destination? Use the best option that will get you there.
4. Stephen King
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
The best route to inspiration is to start from wherever you are and with what you have now. Begin work and insights will start to come your way.
5. Steven Covey
“Time management is really a misnomer – the challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves. The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
What is important to you? Schedule these – these are your priorities.
6. Jason Cohen
“Your time is $1,000 an hour, and you need to act accordingly.”
Treat your time as a precious commodity. Remember that no two tasks will hold exactly the same importance, so always prioritise the most important task – the one that will have the biggest impact.
7. John Maxwell
“If something can be done 80% as well by someone else, delegate!”
Make the most of your resources – especially other people. If your task can be delegated, why not delegate it? This will enable you to concentrate on other important tasks.
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These quotes remind us that it is not the amount of time that we have that is important, but how we use that time.
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